AFRICA: KENYA, TANZANIA, MAASAILAND AND MT. KILIMANJARO - 15 Day Custom Itinerary
Our adventure will begin where we leave our humanitarian project, crossing the border into Tanzania for the start of the climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a 6-day trek 70 km/43 mi total. We have selected the Rongai route for the climb. This route offers many advantages over other options. It has a high success rate, is a moderately easy route comparatively, is much less crowded than other routes, provides a complete tour of the mountain by ascending on one side then descending on the other joining the Marangu route, and it is very near our community we will bid farewell to when we complete our project.
The Rongai Route is more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and the success rate on the Rongai is very high. You will sleep in tents provided and set up by your porters. Meals are all provided. The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then descends the Marangu Route on the mountain's southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points.
Elevation: Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
and descent to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft)
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Day 1 -- Arrive Nairobi. You will be met at the airport by a representative and taken to accommodations in Nairobi.
Day 2 -- We depart Nairobi after breakfast and travel approximately 6 hours to our tree planting project on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will be working side by side with the Maasai people in a community tree planting project with incredible views of Mt. Kilimanjaro rising in the background. Overmight in Njukini village with Maasai families or in mobile camp set up by our guides if preferred. Lunch and dinner with the community. B L D
Day 3 -- Participate in tree planting project during the day; in the evening, you are free to explore the local markets in Njukini and Rombo and village health facilities. Explore on your own, with tribespeople or with our guide. Overmight in Njukini village with Maasai families or in mobile camp set up by our guides if preferred. Breakfast and lunch with the community, dinner as well if desired or you may have dinner on your own if you are adventurous. B L D
Day 4 -- Continue tree planting project; evening plans include water retrieval with local villagers and visits to their farms. May also include a visit to neighboring Rombo village. Overmight in Njukini village with Maasai families or in mobile camp set up by our guides if preferred. Breakfast and lunch with the community, dinner as well if desired or you may have dinner on your own if you are adventurous. B L D
Day 5 -- Finish tree planting project, possibly assist in a borehole water project; afternoon and evening activities with local villagers including traditional ceremonies, games and cultural traditions. Overmight in Njukini village with Maasai families or in mobile camp set up by our guides if preferred. Breakfast and lunch with the community, dinner as well if desired or you may have dinner on your own if you are adventurous. B L D
Day 6 -- Travel to Kenya/Tanzania Taveta border gate to meet our guides for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Begin trek to Simba Camp (First Cave) (1950m to 2880m, 6400ft to 9450ft) About 3-4 hours / 4 miles. We begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. B L D
Day 7 -- To Second Cave (2880m to 3450m, 9450ft to 11,320ft) About 3-4 hours / 4 miles. The morning is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. B L D
Day 8 -- To Third Cave (3450m to 3870m, 11,319ft to 12,700ft) About 4 hours. B L D
Day 9 -- To Kibo Camp (3870m to 4750m, 12,713ft to 15,600ft) About 5 hours. B L D
Day 10 -- To Summit and Horombo Hut (4750m to 5895m, 15,600ft to 19,340ft) About 11-13 hours / 5 miles. Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by headlamp around 1 a.m. Up a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (5685m,18,650ft) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. .Then begin descent down to 3720m or 12,200ft. About 3-4 hours / 6 miles. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo. B L D
Day 11 -- To Moshi (3720m to 1700m, 12,200ft to 5500ft) About 5-6 hours / 11 miles. After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. A vehicle will meet us at Marangu village to drive us back to our hotel in Moshi for lunch, dinner and showers. Overnight in Moshi. B
Day 12 -- Depart for safari in Amboseli National Park, safari day in Amboseli; Overnight in Amboseli in mobile camp. B L D
Day 13 -- Game drive in Amboseli, full day safari; Overnight in Amboseli mobile camp. B L D
Day 14 -- Depart for Nairobi after breakfast (provided). B
Day 15 -- Nairobi giraffe center, Kazuri beads factory, museum. Coordinated dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant before departure. B
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